Of Gatsby's wonder The Great Gatsby. It's on everyone's short list of great American novels. This week at the Walker Arts Center, the theater company Elevator Repair Service brings F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel to life on stage.4:48 p.m.
Ad theft 'illegal,' experts say A blogger directed Amy Klobuchar's Senate campaign staffer to a competitor's ad through a Web link. The blogger says he did nothing wrong. Some legal experts disagree.5:18 p.m.
Picturing security You've probably never been to Terror Town or Disaster City, but these are actual places in the United States, training centers where government workers prepare for the worst. A new exhibit at the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis examines the proving ground of the homeland security industry with an artistic eye.5:47 p.m.
Ethanol vs. water: Can both win? In Minnesota, ethanol is a favorite among alternative energy advocates. But some scientists say it is a drain on Minnesota's water resources.6:20 p.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Iranian Leader Signals a Will to Negotiate
Iran is willing to negotiate with major powers regarding its nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says. The leader's comments came at a press conference at the United Nations, where he had defended his country's nuclear ambitions two days earlier.
Ahmadinejad Challenged on Nuclear Issue, Israel
Robert Siegel talks with Richard Haas, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, about the council's meeting Wednesday with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Haas describes the meeting as often combative, with members challenging Ahamdinejad on Iran's nuclear policy, and on his views about the Holocaust and Israel.
Iran Cracks Down on Dissenters
Journalists, reformers, and student activists feared that the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might lead to repressive policies and restrictions on their freedoms. Now a year later, it appears that their fears were justified. Iran's government recently jailed several prominent students and activists; one has died under mysterious circumstances.
Wal-Mart to Sell Generic Drugs for $4
Wal-Mart announces a pilot program to sell generic prescription drugs at a price of just $4 for each prescription. If it succeeds, the plan could bring changes to consumers and the prescription-drug industry alike.
Letters: Chavez, and a Talking Dog
Comments from our audience this week include disappointment with NPR's coverage of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez's speech to the United Nations General Assembly. We also hear canine reaction to a recording of Nick, a talkative West Highland terrier belonging to listener Scott Bode.
EPA Unveils Tighter Rules on Particles in Air
The EPA announces new air-pollution standards for particulate matter. The standard affects what pollution controls power plants and other big industries are required to install. The agency says the change will save billions in health-care costs.
Green Burial Movement Spreads to the Southwest
The Green Burial Council announced the nation's first standards for environmentally friendly burials. The regimen, which proscribes embalming, vaults, or metal caskets, has been used in Britain for a decade. Now the debate is whether the methods touted by the council, based in New Mexico, will catch on across America.
Experimental Lotion Could Be Secret to a Safe Tan
Despite the health risks, people just can't resist lying out in the sun to get the perfect tan. Scientists are hoping a new lotion that tans the skin — and prevents skin cancer — may end those dangerous tanning sessions.
'Presidential Doodles:' Oval Office Artists
From the hands of presidents have come a wealth of improvised drawings on White House stationery, memos and Cabinet agendas. A new book collects doodles created by commanders-in-chief going back to George Washington.